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Soccer registration for boys and girls continues

Today-Friday

Forest Park Recreation and Leisure Services is offering soccer for boys and girls, ages 4 to 12. Parents can register their children until Friday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m., to 7 p.m. The season will start April 19, and end June 6. The cost is $40 for residents and $50 for non-residents. For more information, call (404) 363-2908.

Today-March 31

Forest Park Recreation and Leisure Services is offering adult coed volleyball. Participants can register until March 31, from 9 a.m., to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. The cost is $150 per team. The season starts April 9 and ends May 28. For more information, call (404) 363-2908.

Today-April 30

Arts Clayton presents "Arts and Music in the South" Today through April 30. The art exhibit will be open Tuesday through Friday, from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., and Saturdays, from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m. The show will be on exhibit at the National Archives, 4712 Southpark Blvd., Ellenwood. The exhibition is produced in partnership with the National Archives, Southeast Region. The exhibition combines an exploration of musical influences in the work of Georgia artists. For more information, contact Arts Clayton at (770) 473-5488.

Thursday

The University of Georgia's College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences is hosting Noontime Knowledge, a free gardening course, on how to grow Lenten roses. The class, Thursday, Feb. 26, from 12:15 to 1 p.m., will be held at the extension office, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. Attendees should bring a sack lunch, a pad and pen. The classes are free, but registration is appreciated. Call (770) 473-5434, or e-mail hortpa@uga.edu.

The Clayton County Foreclosure Resource Center committee meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 26, from 10:30 a.m., to 11:15 a.m. Its Niche and Stabilization Committee's meeting will also be held on Thursday, Feb. 26, 11:15 a.m., to 12 p.m.

Friday

The City of Riverdale's Community and Cultural Affairs and Leisure Services group is now recruiting participants for the Riverdale Neighborhood University program. RNU is a free, five-week program that focuses on the inner workings of local government. Economic development, tourism, public safety and grassroots leadership will be topics of the program. The application deadline is Friday, Feb. 27, at 4 p.m. The program starts June 1. For applications and information, call (770) 997-8989, or visit www.riverdalega.gov.

The City of Riverdale's Community and Cultural Affairs and Leisure Services group is now recruiting participants for the Summer Youth Employment program. SYEP is an eight-week program designed to prepare 14-, 15- and 16-year-olds for success in the workforce. SYEP will provide job training and educational workshops. The application deadline is Friday, Feb. 27 at 4:30 p.m. The program starts June 1. For applications and information call (770) 997-8989, or visit www.riverdalega.gov.

The Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department is asking for help in designing a new logo for the department. This logo will become the new symbol for the Parks and Recreation Department, and identify Clayton County and its citizens. It will appear on the county's web site, letterhead, brochures, T-shirts, and recreation facilities. The design should reflect the department's goal to "connect communities through people, parks, and programs." Visit www.claytonparks.com for more information and to download the registration form. The deadline to enter is Friday, Feb. 27. Judges will pick the top finalists and post them online for citizens to choose their favorite. The deadline for voting will be midnight, March 31.

The Forest Park Recreation and Leisure Department will be hosting a full-court basketball league for men 18 and above, starting in March. Registration will begin in February and games will be on Wednesdays. The cost is $425 per team. Visa and Mastercard are accepted. For more information, call (404) 363-2908.

The Clayton County Schools Performing Arts Center, at 2530 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro, celebrates Black History Month by presenting "Black Journey," starting at 10 a.m., and 7 p.m "Black Journey" begins its portrait with traditional African chants, and progresses to gospel music. The voyage continues a path through jazz, blues, rag, swing and rock 'n' roll.

Saturday

The Southern Crescent Chorale will continue its 2008-09 season with "An Evening of Schubert" on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 8:15 p.m., at Spivey Hall at Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Boulevard, Morrow. The program will include Schubert's piano pieces and art songs. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for students, and are available in advance, or at the door through Spivey Hall. To purchase tickets, or for more information, contact Spivey Hall at (678) 466-4200. For more information on the Southern Crescent Chorale, call (770) 716-1231, or e-mail info@southerncrescentchorale.org.

Monday

The American Cancer Society in Fayette County needs volunteers for its "Road to Recovery Program" to drive patients to and from treatments. There will be an information and training session on Monday, March 2 from 10 a.m.. to 12 p.m., at the American Cancer Society Peachtree City office. Volunteers must have a good driving record, a valid driver's license, a vehicle in good working condition and auto insurance. For more information, or to register for the session, call Lisa Cokerham at (770) 631-0625, or e-mail her at lisa.cockerham@cancer.org.

Monday- March 20

The Forest Park Recreation and Leisure Services will offer adult coed kickball. Registration is Monday, March 2 through March 20. The cost is $250 for a team of 12 players, or $25 for a coed couple. The season starts April 1, and lasts through May 20. Games will be played on Burke Field. For more information, call (404) 363-2908.

Tuesday-March 27

The Arts Clayton Gallery will host the 13th Congressional District Student Art Competition Tuesday through March 27. Show winners receive scholarships from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and the Atlanta Art Institute. For more information, contact the Arts Clayton Gallery at (770) 473-5457, or visit www.artsclayton.org/gallery/exhibitions/future.

March 4

American Legion Post 147 and Auxiliary will meet March 4 at Maritza and Frank's, 637 North Central Ave., Hapeville, at 6 p.m. For more information about the post, call (404) 378-3621.

March 5

The Clayton County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting March 5, at 11 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Clayton County Extension Office, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. For more information, call (770) 761-3020.

March 6

Offshoot Productions' Gallery Players presents "Murder Off the Cuff," on March 6 at 8 p.m. The event will be held at It's a Grind coffee house, 1240 Highway 54 West, Fayetteville. Tickets are $10 at the door, or in advance. During the event, the improv performers may incorporate audience suggestions as to murder weapons, motivations, conspirator interaction, clue searching and much more. For more information, contact Offshoot Productions at (770) 631-2362.

March 7

Arts Clayton will be hosting Arte Gras, a black-tie gala to support the arts in education, scholarship programs and other artistic programming, March 7, at 7 p.m. The event will be hosted at the National Archives, 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow. Tickets will be $125 per person or $1,000 for a table of eight. For more information, visit www.artsclayton.org/artesgras, or call (770) 473-5457.

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April 30

The Arts Clayton Gallery, in partnership with the National Archives, Southeast Region, will host the "Art and Music Exhibition" March 7 through April 30 at the National Archives, 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow. The exhibition will combine visual art with historical, archival information about Southeastern musicians. For more information, contact the Arts Clayton Gallery at (770) 473-5457, or visit www.artsclayton.org.

March 10

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta will have an orientation session for its new "Common Good Funds" grant program on March 10, from 10 a.m., to 12 p.m.

The orientation will be held at the Clayton County library headquarters branch at 865 Battlecreek Road in Jonesboro. Representatives of nonprofit organizations are invited to attend to learn new policies and procedures. RSVP online at www.atlcf.org. Seating is limited.

For more information, call (404) 688-5525.

March 12-21

The Safe America Foundation will offer driver-education classes at its state-licensed Safe TeenGeorgia affiliate, in the Jim Huie Recreation Center at 9045 Tara Boulevard, Jonesboro. Classes start March 12 and end March 21. Students attend 30 hours of classroom instruction, and complete 10 to 16 hours behind the wheel.

To check schedules and availability, or to register, visit www.safeamerica.org, or call (770) 973-7233.

March 13

The Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra will present "A Night at the Opera," March 13, at 7:30 p.m., in Spivey Hall at Clayton State University. Tickets will be $12 at the door.

For more information, call (770) 506-0785, or visit www.scsymphony.net.

March 14

Barnes and Noble, located at 1939 Mt. Zion Road, Morrow, will recognize Clayton County Day March 14, from 10 a.m., to 8 p.m. Guests will be able to meet authors, such as Herb Bridges and Peter Bonner. Local characters will also attend the free event. Proceeds from book sales will promote Clayton County's 150th birthday. Guests may also download vouchers for book purchases at www.celebrateclayton150.com. The vouchers will allow a percentage of the net sale of the purchase to be distributed to the user's school or organization. For more information, contact the Clayton County Visitors Bureau at (678) 610-4242.

March 26

The University of Georgia's College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences will host Noontime Knowledge, a free gardening course, on container gardening, March 26. The class is from 12:15 to 1 p.m., at the extension office, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. Attendees should bring a sack lunch, a pad and pen. Classes are free, but registration is appreciated. For more information, call (770) 473-5434, or e-mail hortpa@uga.edu.

April

The Forest Park Recreation and Leisure Department will be hosting a fast-pitch softball league for girls starting in April. The league is for girls 8 to 17 years of age. Visa and Mastercard are accepted. For more information, call (404) 363-2908.

The Forest Park Recreation and Leisure Department will be hosting a ladies' basketball league starting in April. The league is open to women 18 years old and older. Registration will begin in February and games will be on Mondays. The cost is $425 per team. Visa and Mastercard are accepted. For more information, call (404) 363-2908.

May 7-16

The Safe America Foundation will offer driver-education classes at its state-licensed Safe TeenGeorgia affiliate, in the Jim Huie Recreation Center, 9045 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro, from May 7 to May 16. Students attend 30 hours of classroom instruction, and complete 10 to 16 hours behind the wheel. To check for schedules and availability, or to register, visit www.safeamerica.org or call (770) 973-7233.

June 8-19

Arts Clayton is preparing for the "16th Annual Summer Arts Camp," starting June 8 through June 19. The event will be held at Swint Elementary School, 500 Highway 138, Jonesboro. For more information, contact Arts Clayton at (770) 473-5457.

June 22-26

The Clayton County 4-H Center would like to announce a "4-H Summer Camp for fifth-graders June 22-26, at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center. Registration is currently being accepted at the Clayton County 4-H office, at 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. For a copy of the application, visit the 4-H web site at www.co.clayton.ga.us/extension_svc/4h.org/summercamp/default.htm. Space is limited. For questions or comments, contact the 4-H staff at (770) 473-3945.

Ongoing

The Bear Creek Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m., and Friday nights at 10 p.m., at 1019 U.S. Highway 19/41 in Hampton. For directions, call (678) 472-3100.

Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County, Inc., is selling commemorative bricks that will be used in the city of Jonesboro's streetscape. When completed, the streetscape will feature a walkway where the engraved bricks will be placed. There is an "early bird special" price of $35 for one brick, or three bricks for $100. Each brick may contain up to three lines with 18 letters per line. The brick walkway will offer a unique opportunity to record an individual's name, memorialize a friend, mentor, or family member, or make note of a personal milestone. For more information, call (770) 473-0197.

The Clayton County Foreclosure Resource Center is hosting weekly foreclosure prevention workshops in Forest Park on Thursdays, from 10-11:30 a.m., and 5:30-7 p.m. The workshops are intended to educate the community on how to avoid home foreclosure. To schedule an appointment to attend a weekly workshop, call (770) 961-6900.

The Coffee Spot is hosting Poetry-n-Motion, an open-mic poetry night, every third Saturday of the month. Youths sign up at 2:30 p.m., and the show starts at 3 p.m. Adults sign up at 7:30 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m. The event takes place at 10249 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro. For more information call (678) 519-3731.

The Forest Park and Fort Gillem Local Redevelopment Authority will meet Feb. 25, March 25, April 22, May 27, June 24, July 22, Aug. 26, Sept. 23, Oct. 28, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16, at 6 p.m. The meetings, at Forest Park City Hall, 745 Forest Parkway, are open to the public.

The Forest Park Recreation and Leisure Department will offer swimming to the public at the recreation center's indoor pool on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 7-9 p.m., and Saturdays from 1- 4 p.m. For more information, call (404) 363-2908.

The Forest Park Recreation and Leisure Department is offering floor aerobics on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-8 p.m. The cost of the class is $25 per resident and $35 per non-resident per month. For more information, call (404) 363-2908.

Host families are needed for foreign exchange students who would attend local high schools for one year. For more information contact Jinx Ratcliff at (770) 477-1376.

The Virginia Gray Cafe will host an open mic night for teenage poets every third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. The event will be held at the Virginia Burton Gray Recreation Center located at 1475 East Fayetteville Road, Riverdale. Though teenagers are the target groups, there is no age restriction on performers. If you have any questions or comments, contact Mikala Glanton at (770) 603-4001.

Datebook is a regular feature of the Clayton News Daily compiled by staff writer Maria Jose Subiria. To submit an item for publication, e-mail msubiria@news-daily.com, or fax to (770) 472-2060, attention: Datebook.